Marcus Denmon and Team USA improved to 4-0.
Aug. 17, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Marcus Denmon scored 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the floor in Team USA's 124-64 win over Finland in Group D play at the 2011 World University Games.
The Americans improved to 4-0 in the bracket, while Finland fell to 2-2. The victory assured Team USA of the No. 1 seed coming out of Group D and the U.S. will wrap up group play on Thursday vs. Israel at 2:30 a.m.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Denmon earned another start for the Americans. He played 18 minutes and finished with a team-high tying three assists to go with his flawless shooting day from the floor.
"It was a good win," Denmon said. "We knew coming in that Finland would be a good team, probably the best we had played so far in the tournament, so our focus was there from start to finish. JaMychal (Green) played well inside and set the tone and we made shots on the perimeter."
The United States smothered Finland defensively, holding them to 21 percent shooting from three-point range and just 37 percent from the floor overall.
"That's the key for us, our defense," Denmon said. "If we get our pressure going, we are tough to play against because that allows us to get out and run in transition. Defense will be what carries us from here on out."
Finland held an early 11-8 lead before a three-point play by Denmon knotted the game at 11-11. That bucket keyed a quick 9-0 run that allowed Team USA to gain a 31-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Team USA dominated through the first 30 minutes and led 100-51 before finishing off the 60-point victory.
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